MOTORSPORT: First races of season for Jaggard

Keith Jaggard at Brands Hatch    PICTURES BY COLIN HILL
Keith Jaggard at Brands Hatch PICTURES BY COLIN HILL

Testing in Spain and opening rounds of club championship at Brands Hatch

After the long winter lay-off Keith Jaggard returned to track action with a busy two-week spell which saw him away testing his new British championship Ducati in Spain before returning to compete at national club championship in the SOUNDS OF THUNDER with the North Gloucester Road Racing Club at a cold Brands Hatch circuit in Kent.

Having not raced at Club level for a couple of seasons, Keith was looking forward to the more relaxed less pressurised atmosphere from the British championship level and from the outset was comfortable with how things started to go.

Riding the bigger older 1199 Ducati instead of his new British Championship Ducati 959 Panigale, Keith already had a good setup on the bike and immediately started to put in times close to his best ever time around the short one-mile Indy circuit. With this meeting being rounds 1&2 of the championship, each day would consist of one qualifier and one championship race.

Round 1 Saturday

Qualifying in a respectable 20th on a full grid of 40 bikes across three different championships, Keith got swamped by the smaller faster bikes off the line but managed to claw his way back through the field, making up a number of places to finish just outside the points in 16th.

Round 2 Sunday

After his efforts during the race on Saturday Keith would try and work on a faster start for round 2 and managed to qualify in 17th, which put him amongst similar bikes, but once again because of the size differential he got a slow start, so giving himself a bit of work to do to get among the points. This gave Keith the kick he needed and he gritted his teeth and got on with the job in hand ... and within two laps was going faster than he has ever been around the short circuit and making some good passes as he moved his way back through the field. The efforts paid off, finally finishing a good 13th position, capturing himself championship points from a strong race field full of top British championship riders and dropping his own personal best time by an impressive 2.2 seconds.

Next up for Keith is the opening round of the British Ducati Tri-options Cup at Donington Park this weekend.